|Project by CharlesA||posted 10-08-2013 03:13 AM||1655 views||6 times favorited||14 comments|
I’ve been wanting to try my hand at a Craftsman project before I tackle a couple of pieces that will be much larger and more complex. I saw a Stickley style table on the web and decided I’d try to make on similar in cherry.
I learned a lot in the process, getting my new to me Mortiser dialed in on the third leg! I just read something about not always using 3/4 stock, so I was able to plane down my 4/4 cherry to right about 1”, and that seemed to fit this Stickley style, so I went with that.
I mostly am pleased with it, although there are several mistakes on it. I put slight chamfers on the leg edges with a plane instead of with the router. I put in 1/2 inch walnut dowels to pin the tenons. The top came out really well, I think.
I finished it with plain Arm-R-Seal satin. My hope is that the cherry will naturally darken to a fairly uniform color. when I first put the finish on the top, one strip was noticeably darker than the rest, but it has evened out over the last week.
-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson